Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A. Inc. has returned to its roots with its latest concept vehicle: a compact pickup truck. The environmentally advanced A-BAT was developed by the TMS Advanced Product Strategy group and Calty, Toyota’s North American research and design center in Newport Beach, CA. The goal was to develop a compact vehicle with good fuel economy, advanced functionality and maneuverability in a durable package.
The A-BAT concept rides on a unibody platform for car-like handling. The truck’s lightweight construction is coupled with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology for fuel economy. Translucent solar panels in the top surface of the instrument panel capture sunlight and convert it into energy.
The A-BAT concept rides on a unibody platform for car-like handling.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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